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About irishwitchy

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    Morris County, NJ
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    Scuba diving, hiking, everything
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  1. I needed that laugh - thank you.
  2. We spent July 4th and the rest of the week in a Cabin at Gilbert Lake State Park in upstate NY , not a hot spot in anyway, except for the baseball hall of fame a half hour drive away, which was very quiet because there aren’t any baseball camps being attended in the area. My son-in-laws family have been going here for 40 plus years, to hang out at the lake, make simple dinners, camp fires, roast marshmallows, play games and enjoy the family. My husband and I were suppose to be on a Regent cruise in the Baltic Sea, but instead we were in Cabin 31 with our dog, Cabin 32 had my daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter(7) and grandson(12) and Cabin 33 had my son-in-laws mom and dad and brother and another dog! The cousins from California weren’t going to be able to attend, so we did. Was this a luxurious trip - not quite. However, I cooked dinner the first night and that consisted of filet Mignone, salmon with a nice mango salsa, potatoes with bacon, cheese and a smoked paprika butter in a cast iron skillet, a very tasty salad and my granddaughter helped me make a plum custard cake served with heavy cream that everyone shook in a thermos to make it thick. Mind you my husband and I had bottle of Silver Oak, so as much as we are in a cabin in the woods - we are going to at least drink and eat well. Later that night my grandson and I after midnight split the Texas hold Em pot. Not luxurious, but such a great night for all of us. The rest of the week we had great weather, 80 during the day by the lake with a good book and 60 at night around the fire and other good meals. The kids had a blast walking the dogs, running back and forth between the cabins and hanging with both sets of grandparents, hiking with me, and biking with others. (No political discussions, not everyone is on the same page, so peace needs to be maintained!). Was the trip we had planned, hell no, but it was a lot of fun to hang with the family and not worry about masks and social distancing. Mind you, if I don’t go to Hawaii in February 2021 I will be very unhappy. GoArmy, I will watch the show, we love stuff like that. If the USO opens up in Newark airport in the future, stop by and say hi. (I don’t see that happening for a while.)
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  4. I think this is a fine idea. I have never met anyone in this group, but we do have a few things in common - travel, adventures and time and money to enjoy life. I would love to hear about other parts of the US or the world were we really live, but may be unfamiliar to many. For example, I live in Northern NJ, and we are still on lock down - take out only in restaurants. It is Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and raining at home. However, it is sunny in Cape May. We throw a blanket, cooler with ice packs and silverware into the Jeep. First stop is the Beach Plum Farm, they supply pork, eggs, vegetables, etc to Congress Hall and a bunch of other great places in Cape May. We pick up fresh eggs, baked goods, jars of stuff, etc. Normally, the kitchen is making food and you can have a nice lunch in the garden, but not right now. Next stop is out to the ocean, but we discover the Rusty Nail, can’t quite serve is a mix drink, but can sell us a bottle of premixed cosmo, which was better than I expected and a some gin and tonic. Out to the beach we go (it was around 4 and the badge folks were gone). You can’t drink on the beaches in NJ, but we did anyway. Drove around and walked around the mall area - it was like January, no people, but warm - very weird. We had the menu to the Black Duck and they were doing take out. So we ordered some crab spring rolls, salmon for hubby and tuna for me. They had recommended a pocket park with picnic tables that I never knew existed. However, rain was coming and we timed this perfectly - pulled in backwards to sunset beach, opened up the back of the Jeep and watched the water and the SS Atlantus. If you don’t know what that is look it up Over to Wildwood Crest to look at the 1950 hotel signs - very vintage and tacky. I believe someone did a coffee table book of the signs. Stopped at Duffers for homemade ice cream. A great day and now we are driving home. So what is everyone else doing at home? Since you are getting on a ship anytime soon?
  5. Thanks TravelCat and Bessel, the family is much more important than the trip or the money.
  6. I will give everyone a very different perspective. I called my 33 year old daughter this morning, who is happily married with two kids and is a special needs pre-school teacher. She was crying, why because this is the second time, she has been in a school district and at the point to be tenured where she has received great evaluations and has been told - sorry you aren’t coming back next year. There is a bit more to this story, but I’m keeping it brief and why anyone wants to teach in NJ is beyond me. However, about four hours learning about my daughter, we got a call about my niece, who is 56 and has two sons - one autistic and the other a senior in high school this year. She had breast cancer about 13 years ago, and very sadly was diagnosed this morning with metastatic breast cancer - not good. She spent 25 years as a Newark, NJ policewomen. Regent owes me a big pile of money and I hope I see it, but if I could fix the above family issues with that cash, please sign me up. Needless to say the virus is not making any of this better for any of us. Needed to vent.
  7. The trick is to find a cruise two months before it sails and than pay for it. I won’t be sending my money again to be held for a cruise for a year or longer. I will say however, we did cancel of our sept 2020 cruise on April 13 and on April 20, I had my refund. That was quicker than I expected.
  8. I cancelled a cruise with Viking Ocean that was in September on April 13 and the money was refunded to me on April 20. Impressive - right? Regent canceled my June 30 cruise today, I opted for the refund. I will let you know when I get it, but it will be very disappointing if it does take 3 months, which isn’t really proper. If Viking could figure out how to do this in a week, I expect Regent to do the same.
  9. Our first cruise was on Regent, a seven day cruise to Alaska, I was 50 and my husband was 59. We are fairly active - I was rock climbing with the under 35 set one afternoon and he was in a kayak on a different tour. We had a lovely dinner one night with a couple in their mid 70s . The next cruise on Regent I was 58 (we do lots of land base travel, not so many cruises), it was a 18 day cruise from Miami to Peru. The age range was much older(folks kept telling me I was bringing the average age down -lol) and the music was very dated in my opinion. However, some of those 65+ did better on a hike than I did - Im not so fond of hot, humid and sweaty hikes. As for socializing, Regent cruises attract a great group of folks. I have had a few other cruises planned, but the world has caused us some issues to going on a couple of them. Also, I’m a foodie and the food is great and very flexible - you want lobster tails every night, no problem. Good luck and enjoy.
  10. We wanted to go to Alaska in 2009 and do a land and cruise vacation. (We had never done a cruise, but we have done quite a bit of travel.) We worked with a wonderful TA that specialized in Alaska - I told her I wanted to write one check and be done, I don’t know what time I want to eat dinner and I want to choose to eat with anyone we meet or by ourselves. Needless to say, Regent was picked. Highlights: 1) Rock climbing with the 30 year olds on the ship outside Sitka - I was a bit older, but in Shape and held my own! 2) Having dinner with an older couple from Las Vegas that we really enjoyed talking with at the bar. 3) The second night we had dinner with the captain. We really didn’t think much about this, but our TA arranged it and well ok let’s go. We were very happy we did. It turned out the two women from Arizona lived in the same neighborhood that a friend from NJ had just moved to - small world. My husband mentioned his love of Hendricks Gin and later that night when we turned to a non suite room - a bottle was waiting for him. Mind you that was funny, because he was thinking he was going to have drag it around with him. We have only done a couple of additional cruises, because I like planning land trips better. Nice treat to read a pleasant thread.
  11. Yup, my cruise starts on June 30 and it wasn’t waitlisted a couple of days ago, but it is now. I’m thinking that some folks started to request these cruises with the idea they would be able to get the 125% fcc for a future cruise and go knows Regent doesn’t need that happening at this point. However, now I need to contact by TA to find out my next steps, so thanks v4e!
  12. At what point, do you know where you will be staying? We will in Copenhagen, does anyone know what hotel they normally pick?
  13. What they should do is sell a bracelet like Disney and Marriott does. You put that on your wrist and it opens to door and you can charge on it also - it can also get wet. Much easier than the key around the neck. You keep that and the next cruise they reprogram. Works great.
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